What are Phuket most photographed places? Photos and selfies have become so much part of our lives. They are a fantastic way to keep travel memories alive for a very long time, not to mention the irresistible bragging rights on Facebook and Instagram. Who doesn’t enjoy sharing beach photos with friends freezing in the snow or those bored at the office (or both). You know this will drive most of them green with jealousy, but they did it to you last year, and you did it the year before anyway. So to help with your holiday photos, here is a collection of places people shoot the most in Phuket. Have fun and share your photos with us on our Phuket 101 Facebook!
The Phuket Big Buddha is a 45 meter high white marble statue built at the top of a high hill. It was started around year 2000 and is slowing moving toward completion. People love to take photos with the Big Buddha in the background but also the bird view from the Nakkerd Hill. On one side you can admire Chalong Bay, sometimes all the way to Phang Nga Bay, which is not often. On the left side of the Buddha statue a platform offers a beautiful bird view of Kata Beach. On the way down you also can stop at one of the panoramic bars to capture some photo of Karon Beach.
Lots of people take a short break at Karon View Point (often called Kata View Point). The view from up there is legendary and everyone has a photo of the 3 bays, namely Kata Noi, Kata Beach and Karon Beach in the far. It’s beautiful all year round but of course nicer with blue sky. People don’t stay long because there seem to be nothing much around but in the evening you should stop for a drink or dinner that the beautiful Heaven Rooftop restaurant located somewhere on the hill below. Read more
Bangla is a strange place… some hate it and most love it. There are not many such streets in the world. It’s where you’ll find the famous beer bars, Live music bars, fantastic clubs and the famous Go Go bars! Most people stop at the now famous sign ‘Bangla Walking Street’ or ‘Welcome to Patong Beach’ and take a selfie to add to their bucket list. Read more
This standing rock featured in the old James Bond movie ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ is the subject of photos that strongly remind on the Pisa tower in Italy. People pretend to lean against it, push it, hold it in the palm of their hand and all kinds of funny poses. It’s a very touristic place but it definitely is a beautiful location. Read more
The historical center of Phuket town is beautiful and gets even better each year as municipality improves roads and infrastructure while owners renovate their houses. Lots of colorful Sino-Portuguese shophouse facades are an irresistible opportunity for selfies and photographers of all kinds. Read more
Phi Phi islands are popular and very scenic… of course everyone picture the famous Maya Bay from the movie ‘The Beach’ but the Phi Phi Viewpoint is also a very impressive place for a selfie or a memory. It’s not too hard to reach but remember that there are 2 levels and you want to reach ‘Viewpoint 2’. There is also a small but unavoidable entry fee. Read more
Promthep Cape is probably one of the oldest photo location on the island. 20 years ago when I first worked in Phuket it already was the place where a little crowd would gather around 6 pm to 6:30 pm to admire the sunset over the iconic cape. With the arrival of mobile cameras it just got more and more popular and buses now offload hundred tourists to Promthep Cape every day. Read more
Until a couple of years, Laem Singh Beach was mostly hidden from the road. It was not a secret beach, people loved it and would make the effort to walk up and down the steps to get there for the day. A scenic view point with a convenient parking space was added above it and it is now a must-stop and must-shoot location. For a long while Laem Singh beach was closed to the public because the land around it was private but recently it became possible to go back with a boat from Surin beach. Read more
A little less known but equally popular is the Windmill viewpoint overlooking Ya Nui beach. The small road leading to the viewpoint could be easily missed if not for the immense electric propeller that marks the location, visible kilometers away. Read more
After Beach is a very long establish bar built on the hill above the beautiful Kata Noi Beach. After Beach Bar is actually part of a set of 3 or 4 restaurants with immense terraces that all look ‘same same but different’. You can still see that After Beach bar used to be a Reggae bar but has lost its identity. Pick any of the 3 bars for your sunset photo, there is not much difference. Read more
Plane spotting on Mai Khao beach was long unknown. It slowly grew in popularity because immense jets come so close to the beach, it’s a jaw dropping and unique photo to take. Its popularity literally exploded when in 2016 it became forbidden to stand on the beach directly in the path of the planes. This was the trigger, there was no better advertising and Mai Khao is now a selfie paradise! read more